Ballet 422

February 6, 2015

Justin Peck in BALLET 422.

Directed by: Jody Lee Lipes

Written by: N/A

Cast: N/A

Rating: PG (for brief language)

Running Time: 72 minutes

BALLET 422 is a documentary about emerging choreographer Justin Peck creating the New York City Ballet’s 422nd original production. Director and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (he also lensed MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and TINY FURNITURE) documents Peck’s first rehearsal to the ballet’s world premiere in a “fly on the wall” style. The film itself is superficial in capturing the underpinnings of the creative process–this is Frederick Wiseman lite and its 75 minute running time confirms it. The film is devoid of drama, and plays like a home movie rather than a theatrical release. The only way this film becomes relevant is if Mr. Peck becomes famous, then the film’s historical perspective will be interesting.

Grade: C

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